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 Kapil Dev Nikhanj (Born 1959)
Kapil Dev Nikhanj emerged on the cricket scene just when the era of great Indian spinners was in its twilight. The country needed wicket-taking pace bowlers more than ever and the sturdy Haryanvi answered prayers when he landed on the international cricket scene with a bang in 1978. Kapil never looked back and left an indelible mark on the cricket world after a 16-year-long career.

One of the greatest all-rounders of the modern era, Kapil reached the pinnacle when he led his underdog team to an improbable World Cup victory in 1983, surely India's greatest sporting achievement till date.
Among his many feats is the record of 434 Test wickets, more than anyone in history.

Kapil lent a refreshing air to everything he did on the cricket field. With an instinctive talent, he had the knack of changing the course of matches in a jiffy. Whether bowling, batting or fielding, Kapil had a mercurial presence and was one of the biggest international stars of the game in his playing days.

His influence on the game was immense as can be gauged by the emergence of several quality pacemen who have followed in his footsteps.

Today, Kapil has not turned his back on the game and has been associated with it in more ways than one.

On 8 March 2010, Kapil Dev was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
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